DMin Program Entry and Advancement

The Doctor of Ministry program at Houston Theological Seminary is designed for Christians leaders to pursue specialization to further their ministry capacity. This doctoral program builds upon previous theological graduate study. For entry, students need a masters degree, particular theological coursework, and normally will have 3+ years of ministry experience.

Entry and Advancement Scenarios

Entering with a Master of Divinity (MDiv) or equivalent

Students with an MDiv or equivalent can enter the 30 hours of doctoral classes directly. Some who have completed an MDiv have not taken Greek, so they will be required to take 6 hours of Greek at the masters level as part of the DMin program. These Greek hours can be taken concurrently with the first year of doctoral classes.

Example Scenarios:

  • MDiv (with Greek): 30 doctoral hours
  • MDiv (without Greek): 6 masters hours of Greek + 30 doctoral hours

Entering with a Master of Arts or equivalent

Students entering with an MA will fulfill two requirements before beginning doctoral level classes: 1) a minimum of 48 hours of graduate level classes, and 2) particular base coursework so they are adequately prepared for doctoral level theological study. These courses include a minimum of 18 hours of graduate theology courses, which include 6 hours of Greek as well as Hermeneutics, Systematic Theology, Church History, New Testament Theology and Old Testament Theology.

Each entering student with an MA will receive a personal assessment of their previous preparation to determine the number of hours and the particular masters level courses that will be necessary to complete before beginning doctoral level courses. These additional masters level classes will be included in the initial part of the DMin program. That is, students will formally enter the DMin program and will complete these masters requirements within the program before beginning doctoral level classes. The one exception is that Greek may be taken concurrently with the initial doctoral level classes.

Example Scenarios:

  • MA (with the prescribed classes): 12 masters hours theology electives first + 30 doctoral hours
  • MA (with some prescribed classes): 12 masters hours of prescribed classes first + 30 doctoral hours
  • MA (with no/few prescribed classes): 18 masters hours of prescribed classes first + 30 doctoral hours

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We would love to have you join our community of faith, as you take this next step in your leadership development. Please contact Dr. Ben Blackwell, the Director of the DMin program, for more information: or 281-649-3419.